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1 I’m a Councillor: “She’s alright she is” Sophia Collins Gallomanor Communications Ltd.

2 1. Manifesto

3 2. Questions and Answers 1. Manifesto

4 3. Live Chat 1. Manifesto 2. Q & A

5 4. Voting! 1. Manifesto 2. Q & A 3. Chat

6 IAC – What is it? An Event –Online centred on –Real world Teacher Packs 2006 –33 councils –185 Cllrs –4,500 students

7 “ no i never been interested when i got told by my teacher about it and gave me the slip and then i got really involved im not really the politics person but i am a little now. " Young participant, West Sussex Live Chat 1.07pm, Fri 20 th Oct 2006

8 “It involved students who would otherwise not have given politics a second glance" Tony Lake, Head of Citizenship, Poltair College

9 What influences who young people vote for?

10 “I could just tell she really loved her job and would do anything to help”

11 What influences who young people vote for? “I could just tell she really loved her job and would do anything to help” “I thought he was a kind caring man who seemed to want to help the youths of my town and to me that is a great impression”

12 What influences who young people vote for? “I could just tell she really loved her job and would do anything to help” “I thought he was a kind caring man who seemed to want to help the youths of my town and to me that is a great impression” “A realistic manifesto and not trying to be too cool and ‘in with the kids’”

13 What influences who young people vote for? – Authenticity – Realistic manifesto – Not patronising

14 Evaluating the event – Strengths

15 1. Reversal of normal power structure Young people:- “i like dis its like msn but we can go on it at skewl!” Cllrs:- “I need to learn this language. Err, can you translate brb for me please?”

16 Evaluating the event – Strengths 1. Reversal of normal power structure “Only one or two students from the PRU took part this year, but please do not underestimate the impact of this. Student D. was delighted to have taken part in this democratic act and tool it very seriously. He discussed issues that really meant something to him and his esteem was definitely boosted by receiving a reply.”

17 Evaluating the event – Strengths 1. Reversal of normal power structure A.Knowledge B.Getting answers C.Voting

18 Evaluating the event – Strengths 2. The intimacy of the medium

19 Evaluating the event – Strengths 2. The intimacy of the medium Young people:- “chatting to the councillors was very useful because then you can find out almost instantly what they are going to do and what their hopes and dreams are.” Cllrs:- “The opportunity to get a varied view of the issues of young people - not just their gripes but things they either care about or are worried about.”

20 Evaluating the event – Weaknesses 1. There’s no formalisation of the outcomes

21 Evaluating the event – Weaknesses 1.There’s no formalisation of the outcomes 2.Many young people don’t get to do it!

22 Evaluating the event – Weaknesses 1.There’s no formalisation of the outcomes 2.Most young people don’t get to do it! 3.Weakness of feedback loop

23 Evaluating the event – 6 month follow up

24 are trustworthy are clever are all about spin are funny are important don't do enough about the environment are genuine don't care about young people are interesting have a lot of power have people's best interests at heart are stupid would be fun to spend time with are making things better are boring don't care about ordinary people are only out for themselves

25 Evaluating the event – 6 month follow up are trustworthy are clever are all about spin are funny are important don't do enough about the environment are genuine don't care about young people are interesting have a lot of power have people's best interests at heart *are stupid* would be fun to spend time with *are making things better* are boring don't care about ordinary people *are only out for themselves*

26 Evaluating the event – 6 month follow up

27 are trustworthy are clever are all about spin are funny are important don't do enough about the environment are genuine don't care about young people are interesting have a lot of power have people's best interests at heart are stupid would be fun to spend time with are making things better are boring don't care about ordinary people are only out for themselves

28 Evaluating the event – 6 month follow up are trustworthy are clever are all about spin are funny are important don't do enough about the environment *are genuine* don't care about young people are interesting *have a lot of power* *have people's best interests at heart* are stupid would be fun to spend time with are making things better are boring don't care about ordinary people are only out for themselves

29 Evaluating the event – 6 month follow up

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31 “The youngsters now know that they have a voice and are beginning to know how to use it ----BUT More importantly I have started listening in a different way, rather than assuming I knew what they needed.” Cllr Dave Harris, Colchester Borough Council

32 I’m a Councillor Sophia Collins I’m a Councillor Gallomanor company website


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